Mustangs thump No. 3 West Texas A&M for 11th straight win

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Midwestern State leaned on its starters to deliver one of the biggest regular season wins in program history Wednesday night as the Mustangs rolled to a 77-64 win over No. 3-ranked West Texas A&M at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

All five starters scored in double figures as MSU defeated its highest rank opponent since the Mustangs made the move to NCAA Division II in 1997.

MSU also matched the second longest winning streak in program history by claiming their 11th straight victory to move to 12-1 on the season while going to 3-0 in league play.

Midwestern broke open a close game by scoring the first six points of the second half punctuated by a short jumper by Shambreka Jones to grab a 40-31 lead with 17:18 to play.

West Texas A&M scratched back to within four points just minutes later before the Mustangs strung together another 6-0 run as Janae McJunkins, who had eight points off of the bench, ignited the spurt with a follow layup before Andrea Carter connected on successive field goals to push the lead to 58-44 with 8:03 to go.

Carter connected on six of her nine shots from the field to finish with a team-high 17 points while pulling down nine rebounds to pace the Mustangs, but she had plenty of help.

Senior guard Lisa Hampton knocked down three 3-pointers to log 13 points, while fellow senior Shatoia Gober chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Shambreka Jones delivered her fifth consecutive double-figure effort with 11 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots while senior guard Dianna Jones added 10 points and four assists.

West Texas A&M sophomore Sasha Watson poured in 23 points to pace the Lady Buffs, who dropped to 9-2 and 0-1. Seniors Chontiquah White and Haylee Oliver added 11 points each.

Midwestern State needs four more wins to match the school's longest winning streak of 15 set from Jan. 5-Feb. 14, 1994. MSU also logged 11 consecutive during the 1979-80 and 2012-13 seasons.

The Mustangs take on Eastern New Mexico Sunday afternoon in Portales. Tipoff at Greyhound Arena is set for 3 p.m. (Central Time).